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Americans Celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day

Lookups for 'indigenous' spiked on the holiday

Lookups for indigenous rose sharply on October 10th during Indigenous Peoples' Day, an alternative to Columbus Day.

A student at Dartmouth College celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day. Lookups for 'indigenous' spiked during the holiday, which was created as an alternative to Columbus Day.

As the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day on Monday, many locations will be celebrating a parallel but very different day: Indigenous Peoples Day.
—Lily Rothman, Time.com, 10 Oct. 2016 

Indigenous may mean either “produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment,” or “innate, inborn." It comes to English from the Late Latin indigenus, which is from a Latin noun for “native” (indigena). The word has been in use since the early 17th century; our earliest evidence comes from Michael Stanhope’s 1632 work, Cures Without Care.

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